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Publication numberUS1489754 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 8, 1924
Filing dateSep 12, 1921
Priority dateSep 12, 1921
Publication numberUS 1489754 A, US 1489754A, US-A-1489754, US1489754 A, US1489754A
InventorsWilliam F Fruen
Original AssigneeWilliam F Fruen
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Apparatus for dispensing drinking water
US 1489754 A
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vv. F. FRUEN APPARATUS FOR DISPENSING DRINKING WATER Filed Sept. l2 1921 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 INVENTOR- 1/1/ F uE/V.

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nrrm'rusiroa nIsPENsrNe Darme wa'r'm` Application led September 12, 1921.' Serial No. 500,198.

To all whom kt may concern.'

Be it known that I, WILLIAM F. FRUEN, a citizen of the United States, residing at 'Minneapolia in the county of Hennepin and-State of Minnesota, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in aratus for Dispensing Drinkin Water, vwhich the following 1s a speci cation. My invention relates vto a paratusqfor w'dispensing drin ing water. object of `my invention is to Apriovide for coolingthe water for consuinption by forming a' portion of it into ice within asuitable container before delivery to the consumer, thus 325 dispensing with" the present system of cooling by passing the water through an iced tank. In carrying out my invention, a suitable refrigerating Iapparatus is inplant or central station, and a portion of the water in filled containers is frozen. vThese containers withthe ice and water therein are then transported to the place where the drinking water is to be used by the consumer; Aft .the latter place, the water container is preferably placed in a heat insulated .casing or holder having provision for making a faucet connection with the. 'water container so that `thecooled water may be readily drawn oli 'y 9? as required for drinking purposes.

The full objects and advantages of my invention will appear in connection Vwi-th `the detailed description and the novel features embodied in my inventive idea will be particularly pointed out in the claims.

In the accompanying drawings which illustrate the apparatus for use in connection with my invention, Fig. 1 is a view in cen)- tral vertical section through a water container in place within an insulatedV casing. Fig. 2 is a view. in Section on the line 2.2 ofvFig. 1. Fig. 3 is a view in section on the line 3--3 of Fig. 1. Fig. 4 isY an elevational view of a water container fitted for transporting. Fig. y5 is a view in central vertical section of a modification.` Fig. 6 is an "elevational view of Kthe insulated casing showing the exterior thereof v`as it appears when used with either form of 50 water container.

The accompanying drawings illustrate two forms of containers which I may employ in connection with my invention', and reference will 'be made rst to the construction shown in Figs. 1 to 4. A. water container shown in the fornrof a bottle is numeral 10, this bottle which is provided withdesignated -by the having'a neck 12 a stopper 14. stopper is a short tube 16 and along but smal er tube 18. In lthe embodiment shown, the tube 18 is placed eccentrically within the tube 16 and the two tubes are secured together and provided with a common opening Vat 2O outside the Jneck. of the bottle. When the bottle is being transported to y the place where the water is to be used, the

open outer ends covered by a cap 22 which issecured to the neck of -the -bottle as shown in Fig. 4.2 When the bottle is delivered to the consumer, it is invertedand placed ina cas- ,ing 24 made in two parts provided with hinges 26 and with a catch.,28. The casing can thus be opened to permit insertion of the water container, and then latched in closed position. When closed, the -two parts of the easing do not fit absolutely airtight whereby suiicient air may enter to prevent the formation of a vacuum` in the bottle as the water is drawn olf. The cas,- ing is provided with hollow walls filled with heat insulating material 30 Vand it has 'a base member 32 adapted to rest upon a suitable support so that the water may be conveniently drawn olf from time to time as required for drinking purposes. The top of the base member has a partition 34 rovided with a central well havin a wall) 36 upon which the neck of the bott e is adapted to rest when the latter is inverted and placed in the casing. Fromthe bottom of this well, a passageway 38 leads out through the base and at its outer end is provided with a faucet 40. When theyfaucet is open, water 'which has been chilled by the layer of ice I frozen inside the bottle flows out linto a drinkin glass or other receptacle and air enters t e opening 2O and passes up the tube 18 so as to prevent` the formation of a vacuum at the top of the bottle.

As the ice melts any therein will dro .between the inside of the necky of the bott e and the upper (portion of ,the tube 16 and thus be prevents from being drawn off with the drinking water.

n the modification shown in Fig. 5, the neck of the bottle is provided with a valve seat member 42 and a valve cage 44 conf taining a spring-pressed valve 46.. When4 Extending through this ofthe tubes 16 and 18 arel sediment frozen the bottle is placed in the casing 24, the water is permitted to fiow out through openings 48 1n the valve cage and openings 50 in the end of a nipple 52 which extends through a hole in the valve seat and presses against the valve to open it. The nipple 52 is connected with the passageway 38 leading to the faucet 40. in a simi-lar manner to to that. described in connection with the form shown in Figs. 1 to 4. rIhe bottom of the bottle in the form shown in F ig. 5 is provided with a hollow inwardly extending projection 54 which contains a spring 56 surrounding the stem of a valve 58 adapted to seat upon the inner surface of a pro- `iection 54 and close openings 60 therein. Vhen a vacuum tends to form in the bottle, atmospheric pressure causes the valve 58 to open and permit air to ow into the bottle,

In this form of construction, ice I is frozen only inside of the side wall of the bottle, and does not extend within the bottom thereof as in the form previously described. As the ice melts, any sediment frozen therein will drop between the inside of the neck of the bottle and the valve cage 44 and thus Mcafee be prevented from being drawn off with the drinking water. 4

I claim:

An apparatus for dispensing drinking water comprising a bottle-shaped container, for holding water anda layer of ice frozen therein, a casing for receiving said container in inverted position with the mouth downward, a`base member beneath said casing', a partition at the top of said base mem- Iber constituting a bottom for saidI casing, a central hollow projection extending upwardly from said artition and upon which the mouth -of the Ibottle is supported, a tubular member Ibelow said partition which leads from said hollow projection to the outside of said base member, a faucet attached to the outer end of said tubular member, and means extending through the mouth of said container for permitting water to flow therefrom into said tubular member and air to How from said tubular member into said container.

In testimony whereof I hereunto ax my signature.


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U.S. Classification62/397, 222/457, 222/184, 62/389, 62/438, 62/59, 62/430, 222/482
International ClassificationF25D3/08
Cooperative ClassificationF25D2331/806, F25D3/08
European ClassificationF25D3/08